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Get an overview of this hotelBayside motel with free breakfast and outdoor pool


Situated near the bay, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center and Main Beach. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Santa Cruz Surfing Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Property Features

This smoke-free motel features an outdoor pool, self parking, and a business center. Free continental breakfast and free WiFi in public areas are also provided. Additionally, a computer station, a picnic area, and a TV in a common area are onsite.

Room Amenities

All 38 rooms provide conveniences like refrigerators and microwaves, plus free WiFi and cable TV. Other amenities available to guests include hair dryers, ironing boards, and free toiletries.

Bay Front Inn Santa Cruz

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

A computer station is located on site and high-speed wireless Internet access is complimentary. A business center is on site. A complimentary breakfast is offered. This Santa Cruz motel also offers an outdoor pool, a picnic area, and a television in a common area. Onsite parking is available (surcharge).

Bay Front Inn Santa Cruz is a smoke-free property.

  • Outdoor pool 
  • Total number of rooms - 38 
  • Number of floors - 3 
  • Business center 
  • Free breakfast 
  • Front desk (limited hours) 
  • Computer station 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Picnic area 
  • Free parking nearby 
  • Offsite parking reservations required 
  • Self parking (surcharge) 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Television in common areas 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Outdoor pool  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Refrigerator  
  • Microwave  


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Self parking (surcharge), Free parking nearby, Offsite parking reservations required

Room Amenities

  • Air conditioning 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Microwave 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Cribs/infant beds available 
  • Free WiFi 

Where to Eat

Guests are offered a complimentary continental breakfast.

Nearby Things to Do

Recreational amenities at the motel include an outdoor pool.


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

Hotel Policies


Check-in time ends at 11 PM

Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Special check-in instructions:


Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available.


  • Pets allowed for an extra charge of USD 25 per night

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

No rollaway/extra beds available


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:
  • Energy surcharge: USD 5 per accommodation per night
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Self parking fee: USD 10 per day
  • Pet fee: USD 25 per night
  • Early check-in fee: USD 15
  • Late check-out fee: USD 10
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Bay Front Inn Santa Cruz
  • Bay Front Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz Bay Front Inn
  • Bay Front Hotel Santa Cruz
  • Bay Front Motel
  • Bay Front Inn

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3.2 out of 5
62% of guests recommend
3.4 Room cleanliness
3.6 Service & staff
3.2 Room comfort
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with rain

2 out of 5
by from LA California
Posted Jan 13, 2017
Parking lot floods with Rain. Not good for kids. Pipe for water drain for pool ran behind bed head boards. Smoking lounge next to room could smell cigarettes and loud neighbors spitting at early morning. It was a good location to drive to the boardwalk.
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Great location cool layout older place new feel

4 out of 5
Posted Jan 9, 2017
Was a smaller but affordable hotel right by the boardwalk. Check in and check out was super easy and fast. Breakfast was great. Recomended stay in sc for a home base
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Rooms With Plumbing & Preparation Issues

2 out of 5
by from Los Angeles
Posted Dec 28, 2016
Pros: It seemed to be close to the beach and pier.
Cons: Plumbing should definitely work. The refrigerator door was dented, and freezer compartment filled with frost. The door and wall were marked by damage.
Location: It was raining the next day, but biking seemed to be popular in the area.
The staff on duty, John, made an earnest but futile effort to quickly check my family in. After finding the clogged sink drain in the first room (#129) we were settling in, he showed me another. The second room (#133) not only had a slow draining sink, but a opened Coke can on a shelf. After John inspected the third room (#123) with me to ensure a properly working sink and no unexpected items lying around, we moved over. My daughter was the first to shower after moving into the room. Halfway through her shower, water started backing up. I then had to head over to the office once more to get a plunger and deal with the issue before the bathroom got flooded. Our night there started as an unpleasantly surprising adventure, even for a cheap and simple motel as such.
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Nice beach feeling place.

4 out of 5
Posted Dec 22, 2016
Walked to dinner and show at Catalyst. Nice experience and plan to stay here again next time.
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Horrible. Dirty, Noisy and no breakfast

1 out of 5
by from Boise, United States of America
Posted Nov 29, 2016
Pros: Nothing
Do Not Stay Here. This place was dirty and smelly. It was load all night. When we went to get coffee and something to eat it was all gone and the staff said they were not going to put out any more. Also, they charge $10 to park. Total Rip off.
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Ok place to stay, but rude night clerk

4 out of 5
by from US
Posted Nov 25, 2016
The night clerk was rude and extremely unhelpful. She made excuses as to why she could not help us with a roll away and extra blankets. Since there was no carpet and the floor was hard my son really needed the roll away or at least a couple blankets/comforters with which to make a comfortable spot on the floor. She insisted she could only give us towels. She was completely satisfied with NOT helping us to have a comfortable stay. My husband had to go to the office and coax her into taking the necessary steps to get us the roll away (as well as linens) and then he went with her to get it and he brought it to the room himself. When I asked what time breakfast was she simply said "8" instead of giving the window in which it would be available. She gave the shortest answer possible when asked questions. Otherwise, the room was a good size and comfortable enough. The wall next to the bathroom had water damage. Looked like it could have been leakage from the shower. Breakfast was suitable. Only bread products: waffles, muffin slices, and cereal. No fruit, etc. The coffee was pretty good. All in all it was worth the price. But we wouldn't stay there again simply due to the rudeness of the night clerk.
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Food taste old.

1 out of 5
Posted Nov 14, 2016
Pros: Nothing
Cons: Everything
Location: Walk to the boardwalk
Our shower smelled of sewer back up when turned on. The two rooms we did rent lost power and heat for an hour. No confinsation nor appologinic staff.
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The rooms are falling apart.

1 out of 5
by from US
Posted Nov 13, 2016
Pros: Nice breakfast
Location: Close to warf.
The workmanship in the bathrooms was terrible. The walls were falling apart and exposed screws were showing. The floor was dirty and gritt. My white socks were dirty on the bottom after leaving. We will not be staying there again. The price was right.....$77.00 @ night. Since i had 4 rooms that was a great price...........and $3.00 for a bottle of water.
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Not very impressed

2 out of 5
Posted Oct 31, 2016
Pros: Pretty quiet location.
Cons: They charge $10.00 per night for parking. But only if you booked online. Free is booked direct. Room was not cleaned from previous customer when we got to it. Breakfast was 8:00-10:30. Front office staff didn't get to hotel until 8:45. A number of people were waiting outside including other staff who didn't have a key. Then the worker was put off and short when we started to eat before she had it all set up. Completely unfriendly. I mentioned her being late and rude to the night shift worker who's response was "oh it happens. They get here as soon as they can". The smoke detector is right outside the bathroom. Kept going off when taking a shower. The room had dog hair all over the floor.
Location: Location was close to downtown area. Could be walked if desired. But was still pretty quiet.
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4 out of 5
by from US
Posted Oct 26, 2016
Pros: The location is great, the staff was nice.yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
Cons: There were no windows in the room, the rooms could have been cleaner.
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